I lived in the US from when I was 17 to 23 years old, from high school through college. That’s a big chunk of life for a not-yet-thirty-year-old. The US was home to many of my first’s: first job, first kiss, first car, first bill under my name, first saving account, etc. For a long

Can a non-EU travel within the Schengen Area with only the EU residence card? The short answer is no. Wait, what? I thought there’s free movement within the Schengen Area? Well, not really, it depends.  Here’s the long story about how I found that out the hard way.  My flight from Madrid to Toulouse (France) was at

[Bilingual English – Tiếng Việt] It was in Venice, how romantic it is to break a bed. I wasn’t alone, I didn’t single-handedly break a bed. It was… collective effort. Unfortunately, it was not for the juicy reason you’re thinking. It was my second time in Venice, I came again to reunite with my Spanish

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[English – Tiếng Việt]  Rejections are never easy whether from love, school, job applications, or entrance at border. This is the story about how  I got rejected by the Bulgarian customs at the airport.  Madrid airport:  7:30pm  While waiting in line at customs, I realized my Spanish foreigner’s ID card (tarjeta de identidad extranjera) was

[English – Tiếng Việt] I got robbed for the third time in South America, this time in La Paz, Bolivia (the first two were in Peru). With a minor panic attack, I ran into Tatiana on my way back to Pirwa – the hostel where we were working at the time, she at the reception

[English – Tiếng Việt] I’ve been in Madrid for three months now and already moved way more than I would have ever expected. Here are some housing situations you’d rather avoid but I somehow went through them all. #1 The couch potato roommate. I shared a two-bedroom apartment in Usera found via Spotahome with the live-in

3 Times I Fell in Love with Myanmar

Thursday, 03 November 2016 by
[English – Tiếng Việt] These are not stories about getting lost in the exquisite temples of Yangon, boating around the charming Inle Lake, or watching the sunset over Bagan. As my friend Jasper and I rode a scooter around Myanmar for two weeks, not only did we see superb landscapes, we also had no idea that

How did South America happen?

Friday, 14 October 2016 by
[English – Tiếng Việt] South America is the story I tell repeatedly as it was not only the longest single trip I have done thus far (5 countries in 6 months) but also with loads of unforgettable moments and life-changing experiences. I learned a new language, explored the places I never knew they existed on earth,

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[Kéo xuống để đọc tiếng Việt] Ihad the privilege to be one of the 500 delegates participating in the Harvard Project for Asians & International Relations (HPAIR) 2013 in Dubai, UAE and meet some of the most brilliant young minds. About HPAIR: is student-run organization of the Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Today, HPAIR

[Kéo xuống để đọc tiếng Việt] In brief, get out of the airport! Heading to Kathmandu, Nepal, I had a 21-hour layover in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia which might seem a bit too long but it turned out to be the best transit EVER. My Singapore evil twin Afifah and her sister (Nas) happened to be in town

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